Of course, this is an extremely broad and subjective question - depending on what you are looking for from a jacket, the answer may be different. However, there are some general rules of thumb that you can adopt when trying to gauge the quality of a leather jacket manufacturer.
We’d say the use of full grain leather (which you can find out more about in our article) is a big indicator of the ultimate quality of the leather jackets a manufacturer produces, as well as the quality of the other materials (lining, hardware) being used in its construction.
Finding the 'perfect fit' for a leather jacket can be challenging - there are just so many variables.
Tastes (and thus design choices) differ from country to country and from one manufacturer to the next. Two different leather jacket styles may have a vastly different intended fit, and that's before you account for the various body types and personal tastes of the individuals who'll actually be wearing the jackets.
Even the standard perceived 'correct fit' for a leather jacket has fluctuated drastically over the years to fit the trends of the time - as is reflected in the wide range of jackets available from Aero Leather Clothing.
As such, trying to pin down how a leather jacket 'should' fit is like trying to run a race without a start or finish line!
However, we have over four decades' experience of designing classic jackets and helping our customers to find the right fit, so we do have a few good general rules of thumb that we can share with you to help determine how your leather jacket ought to fit.
In general, leather does have some natural water resistance, but because natural animal leather is a porous and permeable material, each type of hide differs in how well it can resist water. Furthermore, the tanning process a particular leather has gone through is also a factor in its water resistance properties, with purely Vegetable Tanned leather often being a bit less resistant to the elements than Chrome or Combination tanned leather.
Because of this, while your Aero leather jacket may be fairly water resistant compared to many other materials, but it will never be 100% waterproof. However, as you’ll find out in this blog, this doesn’t mean you can’t wear your Aero leather jacket in the rain or in bad weather.
A leather's 'grain' refers to the natural pattern or texture of the animal hide from which the leather is made. The grain is the topmost layer of the hide and is formed by the arrangement of collagen fibres, which give leather its strength and durability. The grain pattern is unique to each individual animal and can vary depending on the species, breed, age, and environmental conditions of the animal.
However, when we refer to a jacket or leather as 'full grain', we aren't necessarily talking about the amount or level of grain within a jacket.
In this context, the term 'full grain' refers to the part of the hide (uppermost layer) that is included when making the leather and to the way it's processed prior to tanning.
What is a bomber jacket?
The bomber jacket is an iconic piece of clothing that has been worn by pilots, military personnel and civilians alike for decades.
But what exactly do we mean by 'bomber jacket'? The original bomber jackets were designed specifically for pilots who flew at bombing altitudes during World War II, but since then, 'bomber jacket' has become a loosely-defined umbrella term that's used to describe a wide range of styles made from a variety of materials with varying features - many of which have little relation to the originals.
Looking after your leather jacket
Aero leather jackets are well known for their durability. Our craftsmanship and the quality of our materials will see your jacket last you the rest of your life if you take proper care of it.
An important part of looking after your leather jacket is knowing the correct way to clean it. To help you out, here is Aero's expert advice on how to clean a leather jacket.
What is vegetable tanned leather?
Human beings have been wearing leather clothes for thousands of years, and prior to the Industrial Revolution, there was only one way to turn animal hides into usable leather: a process known as vegetable tanning.
Unlike other types of leather - which are tanned using synthetic chemicals - vegetable tanned leather is tanned using natural plant-based materials such as bark, leaves and fruits. To be clear: vegetable tanned leather is NOT the same thing as vegan leather, because while the tannins come from plants, the leather itself comes from an animal.
Vegetable tanned leather has a unique appearance because it is tanned using natural materials. The resulting leather has a distinctive texture and colour that is unlike any other type of leather. Its natural, earthy look is highly sought after by many consumers.
The development of chrome tanning techniques in the 1800s threatened to make the (far slower) vegetable tanning process obsolete. But some manufacturers continue to do things the old-fashioned way, and many leather jacket enthusiasts consider vegetable tanned leather far more desirable than chrome tanned leather.
Keep reading to learn more about vegetable tanned leather and why its popularity has endured to the present day.
We're often asked how long it takes to break in one of our leather jackets, so we've written the following blog to give our customers some general guidance. While it would be nice for us to give a clear and definitive answer here, the amount of time needed to break in a new leather jacket varies massively depending on factors like how often you wear the jacket, what the climate is like where you are, where you store your jacket when you're not wearing it, and most importantly, what kind of leather the jacket is made from.
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